If you've been keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, you may have noticed the strange bouquets being handed out to Olympians. The bouquet is made up of a combination of spider chrysanthemums, hypericum berries and aspidistra leaves, according to Slate Magazine.
According to The Vancouver Sun, Just Beginnings Flowers and Margitta's Flowers won the contract to produce the 1,800 Winter Olympic bouquets. The floral company created a hand-tied bouquet made of native salal and boxwood mixed with blue and white flowers but the design panel was not impressed "They wanted it gone" June Stradberg from Just Beginnings Flowers said in the article "No Native B.C. Flora in Olympic Bouquet."
For two years the floral designers submitted 23 design samples using flowers native to British Columbia. The design panel chose an all-green bouquet tied with a blue bow. The inspiration, according to Canadian Florist Magazine, is to showcase flowers and greenery grown in British Columbia. Although the flowers chosen do not bloom in British Columbia during winter months, they can and do grow during summer months. The bouquets are meant to be taken home by athletes as a keepsake.